Blog

Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)

I call PEMF therapy ‘Magnawaving’. PEMF has beneficial clinical evidence for:

  • The healing of non-union bone fractures (bone growth) (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Cervical fusion patients that are high risk of non-fusion (1,5)
  • The treatment of depression and anxiety (transcranial magnetic therapy) (10)
  • Urinary incontinence and muscle stimulation. In one study, results were evaluated after 3 months. In 10 patients (7 post prostatectomy, 3 cystourethrocele) which were submitted to 18 sessions, twice a week, an improvement of incontinence in 75% of cases with patient compliance and the quality of life up to 100% also improved (11)

PEMF is gaining significant clinical importance and potential especially to someone like myself who is an ‘off label’ practitioner and ‘biohacker’. I’m able to demonstrate improvements (using a four lead body composition device) to my patient’s for hydration (intracellular and extracellular fluids) and the phase angle, which is a measurement of the body’s overall cell membrane health. Achieving proper hydration especially at the intracellular level is vital to good health especially if you are someone making slow progress.  

Can PEMF provide enhanced musculoskeletal healing and overall health (biohacking)? In my experience the answer is yes. Using high intensity pulsing electromagnetic fields safely passes through a cell membrane and ‘shock’ the structures within. PEMF could accelerate all phases of tissue repair, from initial pain and swelling to blood vessel growth, tissue regeneration, and remodeling. (6) The current thinking is that the primary effect of clinically relevant PEMF signals is to increase the rate of production of Nitric Oxide, which can orchestrate an anti-inflammatory response via increased blood and lymph flow (6, 8).

I can direct the PEMF towards ‘spot’ areas of your body to help resolve injuries or other damage, or I can provide ‘broad’ area treatment to improve self-reported psychometric measures of sleep, mood, and quality of life (life satisfaction) without adverse effects. That’s why PEMF sessions are often called “cellular exercise” and is popular among biohackers.

PEMF therapy translates to speeding up of the healing process. For chronic pain patients such as osteoarthritis PEMF stimulates the microenvironment and the after effects of treatment sessions are increased range of motion and decreased pain. PEMF may help alleviate the pain of arthritis, exert anti-inflammatory action and helps in bone remodeling.

I use PEMF to improve tendon to bone healing in rotator cuff repair, Achilles tendon injuries and gluteal tendon tears because it improves microcirculation. After 8 minutes of low intensity PEMF it improves microcirculation – meaning the RBC’s stop sticking together (3,4). PEMF has been used to effect osteoblast proliferation and is used for fractures. For all the above conditions I can blend PEMF, chiropractic care, nutrition, and topical hemp or BioFreeze. (3,4,7)

I look forward to helping you PEMF for urinary incontinence, brain support, insomnia, and even depressive disorders as well as all of the above.  

1. Aaron RK, Ciombor DM, Simon BJ. Treatment of nonunions with electric and electromagnetic fields. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2004;419:21–29.

2. Akai M, Hayashi K. Effect of electrical stimulation on musculoskeletal systems; a meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials. Bioelectromagnetics 2002;23:132–143.

3. Pilla AA. Mechanisms of electrochemical phenomena in tissue growth and repair. Bioelectrochem Bioenerg 1974;1:227–243.

4. Bassett CA, Pawluk RJ, Pilla AA. Acceleration of fracture repair by electromagnetic fields. A surgically noninvasive method. Ann N Y Acad Sci 1974;238:242–262

5. Mammi GI, Rocchi R, Cadossi R, Massari L, Traina GC. The electrical stimulation of tibial osteotomies double-blind study. Clin Orthop Relat Res 1993;288:246–253.

6. Bruckdorfer R. The basics about nitric oxide. Mol Aspects Med 2008;26:3–31.

7. Diniz P, Soejima K, Ito G. Nitric oxide mediates the effects of pulsed electromagnetic field stimulation on the osteoblast proliferation and differentiation. Nitric Oxide 2002;7:18–23.

8. al-Swayeh OA, Clifford RH, del Soldato P, Moore PK. A comparison of the anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive activity of nitroaspirin and aspirin. Br J Pharmacol 2000;129:343–350.

9. Aragona SE, Mereghetti G, Lotti J, Vosa A, Lotti T, Canavesi E. Electromagnetic field in control tissue regeneration, pelvic pain, neuro-inflammation and modulation of non-neuronal cells.J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2017 APR-JUN;31(2 Suppl. 2):219-225.

10. van Belkum SM, Bosker FJ, Kortekaas R, Beersma DG, Schoevers RA. Treatment of depression with low-strength transcranial pulsed electromagnetic fields: A mechanistic point of view. Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2016 Nov 3;71:137-43.

11. Aragona SE, Mereghetti G, Lotti J, Vosa T,  Canavesi E. Electromagnetic field in control tissue regeneration, pelvic pain, neuro-inflammation and modulation of non-neuronal cells. Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2017 APR-JUN;31(2 Suppl. 2):219-225.

Dr. Jeffrey Tucker is the current president of the ACA Rehab Council.

Contact Dr. Tucker at 310-444-9393

More

Dr. Jeffrey Tucker – Chiropractor, Los Angeles

I am a specialist in biohacking, Sports Medicine, Exercise therapy, wellness concepts, diet and nutrition.  I have enhanced training as a hands on (high touch) practitioner and I continue to be an early adopter of advanced technology. I teach other practicing doctors around the world.

Your first office visit with me is about one hour of time together. My follow up visits are at least 30 minutes (with me). You might need 2-6 hours with me but we spread it apart because some people need the time to heal between sessions. I don’t have the time crunch other doctors have.

I embrace the team approach working with your other health care practitioners (trainer, doctors, Pilates, nutritionist, etc.)

I have a full time health coach in the office helping patients with diet if you need that help. We use the ketogenic diet if you need help to lose weight.

I have in the office a certified instructor in the ELDOA method to share with you what postures, poses, and exercises will help you be in better shape as you age.

I am well trained to treat chronic pain. I have laser therapy, pulse wave therapy, lymphatic therapy and PEMF.

I am helpful at decreasing pain, decreasing muscle stiffness, improving your disc hydration, losing weight, helping you get active and stay active,  and improving overall performance.

I want to help people reach their greatest (fullest) potential.

More

Shoulder/Neck Pain

Aching and stiffness in the shoulders and neck are an extremely common problem, especially for those involved in desk and computer working. If you feel like you need a daily massage, the real cause tends to be postural. Whilst seated, staring at a screen for hours on end, it is easy to fall into a slumped position, with rounded shoulders and the neck protruding forwards. Assuming this position day-in, day-out can result in shortening of the chest muscles and weakening of the small, postural upper back and neck muscles which work to pull the shoulders back. This results in the larger back and neck muscles such as Trapezius and the Rhomboids working harder and becoming tight and achy. Working on correcting these imbalances, by stretching the chest muscles and building endurance strength in the postural muscles such as the lower Trapz and Serratus Anterior can result in a long-term fix.

I treat neck and shoulder pain with soft tissue therapy, mobilization of the stiff joints, ELDOA exercises, shockwave, laser, and posture training.

More

Weight Loss

“Its poor dietary advice that’s contributed to making my generation overweight” says Dr. Jeffrey Tucker.

“With my Ideal Nutrition & Weight Loss program we teach you to understand what’s a good protein, a good fat, and a good carbs. Our goal is to help you lose weight and get healthy right now!”

You’ll learn to eat foods that help you lose weight and lower your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

Everyone is finally talking about the real cause of obesity and heart disease and other undesirable aging consequences i.e. dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss. The primary culprit is chronic inflammation. And that inflammation is triggered, in part, by consuming not the hamburger… but the bun, the French fries and all the other processed foods loaded with refined carbohydrates.

We recommend you do these 3 things to help get started:

  • Stop worrying…call the office and learn about fat metabolism, and how to eat more of the ideal foods, such as vegetables and very little refined carbs and sugar.
  • Do whatever it takes to cut down the stress in your life. It’s known that stress can raise levels of the hormone cortisol, which, in turn, creates inflammation and weight gain. You’ll see that having a weight loss coach to talk to really does decrease stress.
  • Make walking a part of your daily routine, trying to get at least 20 minutes a day.

Jim Nicastro is the weight loss coach working with Dr. Jeffrey Tucker. They will help you get the right weight loss advice, which is built on the groundwork of the most beneficial components of the Ketogenic diet — something that includes lots of good fats, proteins and very little carbs.

Call for an appointment 310-444-9393

More

Is Shockwave therapy and laser therapy the right treatment for damaged discs and bulges?

Contact the office at 310-444-9393.
Both Shockwave and laser help damaged disc and bulges by:
• Stimulating stem cells to inhibit disc degeneration and disc herniation. It’s a pretty complex interplay between the stem cells and the immune system cells but the result can be disc tissue regeneration.
• Light and sound therapy may promote regeneration of the outer tissue of the disc and help contain and lessen the bulge (scar tissue formation).
• Light and sound therapy may increase the number of stem cells and other healing white blood cells to the area which brings more oxygen to the damaged disc and accelerates healing by reversing the low-oxygen (degenerative or dying) environment in the spine. Everything heals better and faster with increased oxygen.
• Sound and light therapy reduces and prevents herniation by suppressing the non-healing inflammation.

Cunha C, Almeida CR, Almeida MI, Silva AM, Molinos M, Lamas S, Pereira CL, Teixeira GQ, Monteiro AT, Santos SG, Gonçalves RM, Barbosa MA. Systemic Delivery of Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells for In Situ Intervertebral Disc Regeneration. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2016 Oct 11. pii: sctm.2016-0033.

More

ELDOA Los Angeles

“I teach and encourage my patient to do a little movement training, a little cardio, improve their nutrition a little, and perform a little brain-train (including meditation, breathing, balance)”. 

Here is an example of a healthy aging plan I will offer a patient who presents with on-going low back pain, is a little overweight (and knows it), and is deconditioned:

  • Goal: Reduce LBP and lose 10 lbs.
  • Analyze the patient and provide treatment that includes hands-on  therapy, fascial manipulation, shock-wave therapy, ELDOA, deep muscle stimulation, etc.
  • Create in-office time to train the patient in what exercises to perform at home on their own (based upon their performance).
  • Provide a prescription for future ELDOA fitness sessions.
  • Perform body composition analysis, and recommend diet and nutrition that is leveraged to achieve weekly fat-loss goals.
  • Establish a time frame; for example, three months. The big goal is subdivided into small weekly increments.
  • Establish weekly mini-goals; if each weekly mini-goal is attained, we eventually end up at the predetermined overall goal.
  • Continually issue “report cards” via assessments to keep the patient motivated and on track.

To read more…

http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=57541

More

BPC 157 Peptides are here

I have established my practice as one of the top chiropractic practices in the nation through my expertise, knowledge, experience and willingness to use new technology in physical therapy and nutrition. As someone who enjoys staying current with healthy aging lifestyle I am now offering BPC 157 oral peptides.

Peptides are a compound consisting of two or more amino acids linked in a chain, created by RNA and DNA. They are signaling molecules, with a high specificity, low side-effect profile. All of our cells are signaled by other cells with peptides, example: insulin.

BPC 157 is a body protection compound. It’s known to help surgical recovery, gut issues, tendon and ligament damage and inflammation. It encourages nerve regeneration, reduces neuro-inflammation and increases bone density.

Please call the office at 310-444-9393 and find out if BPC 157 can help you.

 

 

More

Hallux valgus – Bunions

Bunion’s consist of a thickened callus, an inflamed bursa and excess bone forming at the side of the first metatarsal head (big toe).

Bunions are diagnosed by the following symptoms:
A bulging bump on the outside of the base of the big toe
Swelling, redness or soreness around the big toe joint
Corns or calluses — often where the first and second toes overlap
Persistent or intermittent pain in the area of the big toe
Restricted movement of the big toe if arthritis affects the toe

My treatments and recommendations
Avoid wearing tight shoes especially high heels with pointy toes. Buy footwear that is wide in the toe box area.
Shoe pads are an option especially if they offer relief.
I teach all of my hallux valgus patients awareness exercises: “Always try to straighten the big toe.” I have them press the big toe into the floor and slide the other four toes and foot laterally until the big toe is as straight as possible. This is how I want the patient to stand all the time.
Stretch the feet and calfs. I am yet to meet a patient with bunions that does not have tight calfs. I have my patients stand with the forefoot on a ½ foam roll (3” high) with the heels on the ground for 2 minutes at a time twice a day. After about two weeks they are able to stand up straighter while doing this stretch. Calf tightness can be a cause of low back pain in and of itself so it is important to take this tightness out of the patient’s body.
Strengthening the involved side glutes, getting the hamstrings length and strength proper, and the peroneus longus strength up to normal is important because it allows the first metatarsal to resist the medially directed component of forces associated with hallux plantarflexion.
Use toe spreaders or a bunion splint especially while sleeping.
Massage CBD (Phyto-Zol) serum into the bunion area two to three times a day.
Shock wave therapy aka pulse wave therapy. I do this directly over the bunion area. This is an effective way to reduce bunion discomfort and even reduce the deformity itself.

Other ways to prevent and ease the pressure and pain caused by bunions include:
Watch your weight – remember, the rest of you is pressing down on your feet when you stand, walk or run.
Taping with Kinesio-tape is very helpful. I bring the big toe into a straight position and tape the toe. I teach the patient how to do this at home on their own.
Cover the bunion with a soft, cushioning, protective moleskin or gel-filled pad.
I check for their footwear and offer off-the-shelf shoe inserts or recommend custom made orthotics.
For the acute flare up I try warm foot soaks, ice packs, whirlpool, more CBD serum, etc.

This protocol has helped many patients avoid surgery.

 

More

Shoulder Adhesive Capsulitis

The goal for patients is to increase movement and pain reduction.
Since ‘no one size fits all’ I offer several forms of treatment that may be helpful. Having the ability to use and combine multiple modalities is providing very positive results in terms of increased movement and pain reduction versus single modalities alone.

An advanced modality that is getting a lot of attention is shockwave. This provides peak pressures that are 1000 times greater than a biphasic ultrasound wave. Shockwave increases local blood flow, increases cellular activity, has an analgesic effect on nerves, and can breakdown calcific deposits (primarily, but not exclusively in tendons).
Laser is another treatment device that can target tissues to impact mitochondrial activity. Laser can be used on nerves, tendons, muscles, ligaments, joint capsules, bone, and wounds.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) (MagnaWave) has had FDA approval for muscle stimulation since 1998. PEMF is just gaining popularity as ‘nutritional therapy’ to the cells. It increases nitric oxide levels (same thing Viagra does) and has microcirculation enhancement.

Summary: Combining these 3 modalities along with my hands-on therapy is allowing my patients to feel more supple and experience less pain.

More

Migraines & Tension Headaches

Techniques to relax the suboccipital muscles can be beneficial in treating headaches and tension headaches and in improving mobility of the cervical vertebrae. The benefit can be increased by using the following treatments and modalities that I offer:
Hands on therapy to stretch and deeply massage the muscles
Laser therapy to increase blood flow to the base of the skull
Pulse wave therapy to promote blood flow and break up scar tissue in the lower neck and upper back that can contribute to headaches
Deep Muscle Stimulation to increase blood flow and oxygen along the muscles of the spine

These methods are safe and easy to apply in the office. It’s also important to discuss proper nutrition and help patients figure some gentle exercise routines to perform to release tension in the body.
Feel free to call me at 310-444-9393 if you have questions or would like an appointment.

More